EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE GARDEN
A wide variety of curriculum-linked school programs are available and are suitable for early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary teachers and students. Program duration is 1½ hours. Customized programs are available. All groups must book in advance, as space is limited.
Breaking Ground – Biodiversity in the Schoolyard: A Resource Manual for Newfoundland and Labrador Educators
This project was undertaken thanks to the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through the Environment Canada EcoAction Community Funding Program. The manual has over 100 pages of useful information on how to build a wildlife friendly schoolyard. You can download the PDF file here.
From Garden to Classroom – Activity and Resource Guide For Educators
After several botanical bootcamps, teacher workshops, and school outreach programs, the MUN Botanical Garden is pleased to release the From Garden to Classroom Activity and Resource Guide. This project was completed thanks to the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) PromoScience funding program.
We would also like to extend a thank you to all of those who participated. We gratefully incorporated your feedback and suggestions in to our publication. You can download the PDF file here.
Education Programs Include:
School Visit Programs
Available May - November
MUN Botanical Garden offers a variety of education programs designed to enrich the Newfoundland science curriculum. A variety of curriculum-based programs are offered for grades K-12 (+ post-secondary). The programs are curriculum-based, and our environmental education staff will be happy to customize a program to suit your needs. Program duration is 1.5 hours. Programs are available in both the fall and the spring. Fee: $3.00 per student.
Breaking Ground: A Teacher Workshop
Gardening for Wildlife in Your School Yard: A hands-on introduction to creating a wildlife-friendly school garden in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information, please e-mail: bgprograms[at]mun.ca or call 864-8590.
Halloween Howl School Program
Available for K-6
Youth Group Programs
Encounters with nature and gardening through activity, adventure and discovery. Come and explore the natural world - up close and personal. Popular programs include: Bat Buddies; Wetland Wonders; Friends To Birds; Wildflower Watching; Forest Fun; Going On a Micro-Hike (Insects); Down on the Pond; and more.
A variety of seasonal and learning-based programs are offered for preschool groups and familes with preschool age children. Activities may include storytelling, puppet shows, songs, games, arts and crafts, a nature hike, and much more.
Seniors, Adults & Family Programs
A variety of programs are available for adults, seniors and family groups. Examples of programs include:
Garden Tours - Take a leisurely stroll through our flower gardens. Tour highlights will vary throughout the season.
Tea & Tour - Following the tour of the flower gardens, enjoy some refreshments in our Field Centre.
Nature Hikes - Explore Newfoundland barrens, boreal forest, or bog, as you hike one of our nature trails. Popular programs include: bird watching; wildflower walks; Newfoundland berries; wetlands; and more.
Junior Naturalist Camp Programs
Become a Junior Naturalist and explore the great outdoors. Mingle with plants, animals and everything in between. Five days of nature activities - adventures galore! Available June - August.
Workshops and Lectures
Gardening and natural history lectures, hikes and workshops are offered at the Botanical Garden throughout the year. Registrations for the 2013 season will commence in March, 2013 for members of the Friends of the Garden and on May1, 2013 for members of the general public.
Weekends at the Garden
Birdwatching with Friends of the Garden volunteers takes place every second Sunday at 8 a.m. Rain or shine, nature hikes, garden tours and other family day activities take place every Sunday, 10a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration is not required for these programs.